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Snoopers' Charter: Email your MP

Snoopers' Charter: Email your MP

Home Secretary Theresa May has just agreed to launch an independent review into the Investigatory Powers Bill. And that gives us a huge opportunity to get this draconian new legislation properly scrutinised.  

But real scrutiny will only happen if the review is strong, rigorous and well resourced. Speaking out has brought us this far -- will you join us in taking the next step?

Tell your MP to push for a strong, rigorous and independent review of the Snoopers’ Charter.

The review will focus on bulk powers -- the powers that allow intelligence agencies to hack and harvest all of our communications ...

Home Secretary Theresa May has just agreed to launch an independent review into the Investigatory Powers Bill. And that gives us a huge opportunity to get this draconian new legislation properly scrutinised.  

But real scrutiny will only happen if the review is strong, rigorous and well resourced. Speaking out has brought us this far -- will you join us in taking the next step?

Tell your MP to push for a strong, rigorous and independent review of the Snoopers’ Charter.

The review will focus on bulk powers -- the powers that allow intelligence agencies to hack and harvest all of our communications data, including emails. It’s a major concession by Theresa May, but we’re worried that the review could be a whitewash, carried out to appease Labour so the bill can be pushed through.

So we need to fight to make sure the review is as strong as possible.

We’ve built a special tool that makes emailing your MP super simple. Just click below and add your name, it's really that simple.

It’s always better to put things in your own words as MPs take more notice of constituents taking the time to write to them that way. We’ve included some tips below on what you might like to say:

  • The review cannot assess the efficacy of all of the bulk programmes in just three months. It should therefore narrow its focus to one or two specific programmes or datasets.
  • It must be clear that the review is assessing programmes, as well as powers. It is much easier to justify a power on the basis that it may be needed sometime, or it has been useful once.  A programme however can only be justified on its own terms, i.e. does it work, is it worth the cost, could alternative methods have led investigators the same conclusions?
  • Those leading the review must have the expertise to conduct their investigations. A team of three won’t have everything they need. They therefore need to be able to bring in help, or appoint more people.
  • The group should be able to recommend a process to assess bulk programmes in the future. They will not complete the work in three months, so they need to be clear about what is needed to continue to assess these programmes for efficacy and proportionality.


 

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It’s always better to put things in your own words as MPs take more notice of constituents taking the time to write to them that way. We’ve included a suggestion below on what you might like to say:

Dear xxxxx,

I welcome Theresa May’s announcement that she will order an independent review into the ‘bulk powers’ planned for the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snoopers’ Charter). But I have some major concerns:

(1) The review cannot assess the efficacy of all of the bulk programmes in just three months. It should therefore narrow its focus to one or two specific programmes or datasets.

(2) It must be clear that the review is assessing programmes, as well as powers. It is much easier to justify a power on the basis that it may be needed sometime, or it has been useful once.  A programme however can only be justified on its own terms, i.e. does it work, is it worth the cost, could alternative methods have led investigators the same conclusions?

(3) Those leading the review must have the expertise to conduct their investigations. A team of three won’t have everything they need. They therefore need to be able to bring in help, or appoint more people.

(4) The group should be able to recommend a process to assess bulk programmes in the future. They will not complete the work in three months, so they need to be clear about what is needed to continue to assess these programmes for efficacy and proportionality.

I would urge you to raise these concerns with Home Secretary Theresa May, in order to ensure that the review into bulk powers is as rigorous as it should be.

Sincerely,

xxx

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